US President Barack Obama embraces his daughter Malia as first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha and John Roberts—AFP

US President Barack Obama embraces his daughter Malia as first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha and John Roberts—AFP

US President Barack Obama embraces his daughter Malia as first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha and John Roberts—AFP

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.